- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2014

New York legislators and conservationists are mulling several proposals to ship out — or outright kill — wild mute swans that are attacking tourists and residents, wreaking havoc on vegetation and even threatening the safety of jets trying to fly.

Sky News Australia reported that the U.S. Agriculture Department has been curbing flock populations since 2009, when they flew into a U.S. Airways flight and forced it to land on the Hudson River.

Now, New Yorkers working at the state conservation department are seeing the logic and pushing for the elimination of the free-ranging swans by 2025, Sky News reported. They don’t much care whether the birds are sent to “responsible ownership” parties for care taking, or if they’re killed, the media outlet reported.

“Lethal control methods will include shooting of free-ranging swans and live capture and euthanasia in accordance with established guidelines for wildlife,” the department’s draft proposal read, Sky News reported.

The plan also calls for nests and eggs to be destroyed.

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2009 file photo, passengers in an inflatable raft move away from US Airways Flight 1549 that went down in the Hudson River in New York. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, First Officer Jeff Skiles and some passengers who were on the plane on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 are expected to join some of the ferry crews who rescued them from the cold waters five years ago. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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GooseWatchNYC opposes the plan.

“It’s just outrageous to try to exterminate an entire species that has been living in the state for more than 150 years, almost 200 years,” said the founder of the goose group, David Karopkin, in Agency France-Presse.

Sky News reported about 2,200 of the wild mute swans are currently settled in the state.